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Friday, June 8, 2012
Mysterious Amazon - EBW June Challenge
It's time for another Etsy Beadweavers Challenge! This month the theme is "Mystery". I love to read audiobooks while I bead and I read plenty of mysteries, but I wasn't feeling any inspiration from any one in particular. Then I came upon Ann Patchett's lastest book "State of Wonder"; a mystery of sorts that takes place in the Amazon rainforest. The storyline revolves around studying indigenous tribes and the potential to use what they eat and medicate themselves with to develop pharmaceuticals.
rain forest covering the vast Amazon River basin looks from the air
like a uniform green carpet cut here and there by water. The "carpet" is
actually the forest's canopy formed by the broad leaves of many
different kinds of giant trees. This canopy is only the topmost layer
of an ecosystem supporting more species than any other region on earth.
The rain forest is home to an estimated 80,000 plant species and
possibly 30 million animal species (most of them insects), many of these
with no other known related species. Pharmaceutical companies send
researchers to find new sources for medicine. The cure for our worst
known diseases could possibly be as yet undiscovered among the plant
life of the Amazon rain forest. Scientists from all fields explore the
Amazon to solve the mystery of how such a wide range of life came to be
in such a short period of time, and in such a specific area. The bright green of the impression jasper stones
imitate an aerial view of the tropical rainforest, and the rich corals
represent the brilliant plant and animal species found there.
Necklace details: At the heart of this piece is a set of 5 lovely dyed
impression jasper stones. The middle teardrop is captured in a peyote
bezel and all the stones are surrounded by a variety of beautiful coral
rounds, lightest green glass pearls and seed beads. A rich fringe
ending in a forest of Czech glass leaves give the piece life and
movement. The center piece is about 9" wide and has a 6" drop including
the fringe. It is backed with tan ultrasuede for comfort and is
suspended from a spiral rope necklace with a silver leaf and hook
closure. The necklace measures about 25" around and is meant to fall
well below the collar line, but can be adjusted to your specifications.
by the EBW Team's blog http://etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com/ on May
9-15 to vote for your favorite Mystery entry. And search Etsy for EBWC
to see more entries.